Renewed Motion for Default Judgment of Trademark Infringement Granted

Monday, October 30, 2017

U.S. District Court Judge George J. Hazel granted the plaintiff’s renewed motion for default judgment in its action alleging trademark infringement and false designation of origin in violation of the Lanham Act.  The plaintiff owned a federal registration for the mark “Showtime Events” associated with “arranging and conducting special events.”  The plaintiff, through its amended complaint, established that it had:  already entered the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area market for event production; successfully solicited for work in the area and had a satellite office in Washington, D.C.; been featured on the website Special Events, which the defendants list as an affiliate “Event Site” on its website; and demonstrated actual confusion between the parties insofar as various credit agencies mistakenly contacted the plaintiff in an effort to collect on the defendants’ debts.  Applause Prod. Grp., LLC v. Showtime Events Inc., No. GJH-16-1463, 2017 WL 4641491 (D. Md. Oct. 13, 2017).